Encore’s Board of Directors plays an integral role in overseeing the company’s affairs and constantly works to improve and build on the company’s strong corporate governance practices.

Our management processes, structures and policies help ensure compliance with laws and regulations, and provide clear lines of sight for decision-making and accountability.

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Encore is committed to exercising sound principles of corporate governance.

We believe this is in the best long-term interest of our stockholders.

To achieve this, the Board maintains four standing committees: the Audit Committee, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Risk Committee. We have a Code of Ethics that provides a framework for operating standards and ethics at Encore outlining what we expect of all our officers, directors and employees.

Board of Directors

Michael P. Monaco
Chairman and Director

Mr. Monaco has served as a director since August 2014. He served as a Senior Advisor to FTI Consulting, Inc. from July 2017 to April 2018. He served as the Senior Managing Director at CDG Group, LLC, a New York-based firm specializing in restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and crisis and turnaround management from 2002 until CDG Group, LLC was acquired by FTI Consulting, Inc. in July 2017. He previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accelerator, LLC, a provider of outsource services, from 2000 to 2002. He served as a Vice Chairman of Cendant Corporation from 1996 to 2000. In addition, Mr. Monaco served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the American Express Company from 1990 to 1996. He was previously a director of iPayment, Inc., a leader in the payment processing industry, and the International Securities Exchange. Mr. Monaco also previously served as a director of I.D. Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company, from 2002 to June 2014. Mr. Monaco is also a Certified Public Accountant. His additional qualifications to serve on the Board include experience in public company accounting, risk management, disclosure, and financial system management, leadership experience in the financial services industry, and service as a public company director.

Ash Gupta
Director

Mr. Gupta has served as a director since September 2015. Mr. Gupta retired from American Express Company in March 2018 after 40 continuous years of service as an executive officer, including serving as President – Global Credit Risk & Information Management from 2016 to 2018. Previously, he was the company’s Chief Risk Officer and was instrumental in successfully guiding American Express through the Great Recession. He is currently, a board member and chair for Corridor Platforms Inc., and a board member for Nova Credit. In addition, he is a board advisor to MAPR technologies, H2O.ai, Biz2Credit, Nexus Venture Partners, Advent International (deal advisor) and Global Consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Mr. Gupta earned an MBA from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. He serves on the non-profit board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York and on the advisory board of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!). Mr. Gupta’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his significant experience as an executive officer of a public international finance company and his experience related to risk and information management.

Wendy Hannam
Director

Ms. Hannam has served as a director since September 2015. Ms. Hannam retired from Scotiabank, an international Canadian bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America and parts of Asia, in 2014. Ms. Hannam joined Scotiabank in 1983 and held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Executive Vice President, International Retail Banking from 2009 to 2012 and Executive Vice President, Latin America from 2012 until she retired. Ms. Hannam holds an MBA from the University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at the European Institute of Business (INSEAD) and the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. She serves on the Independent Review Committee of BMO Asset Management Inc, and on the board of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Ms. Hannam was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2007-2010, and was named to the Latinvex Top 100 Business Women in Latin America in 2013. Ms. Hannam’s qualifications to serve on the Board include her substantial experience in international financial services and operations in regulated industries.

Jeffrey Hilzinger
Director

Mr. Hilzinger has served as a director since September 2019. He has served as Chief Executive Officer, President and as a director of Marlin Business Services Corp., a publicly-traded bank holding company, since June 2016. From 2010 to May 2016 Mr. Hilzinger served in positions of increasing responsibility at Everbank Commercial Finance, Inc., most recently as President. In 2004, Mr. Hilzinger co-founded US Express Leasing, Inc. and served as its Chief Financial Officer until it was acquired by Everbank Financial Corporation in 2010. Mr. Hilzinger co-founded Aternus Partners, LLC, a management consulting firm, and served as a Managing Director until 2004. From 1979 until it was acquired by GE Capital in 2002, Mr. Hilzinger served in various regional and global leadership roles with Heller Financial, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates. Mr. Hilzinger’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his experience as the Chief Executive Officer of a publicly-traded company, his substantial experience in the financial services industry, his experience interacting with regulatory authorities and his experience leading businesses located outside of the United States.

Angela A. Knight CBE
Director

Ms. Knight has served as a director since September 2019. Ms. Knight has been a Non-Executive Director of Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd since June 2016, of Taylor Wimpey plc since November 2016, and of Provident Financial plc since August 2018. She is currently the deputy chairman of the Astana Financial Services Authority, the new regulator being set up by the Kazakhstan Government, under English law and UK/international regulatory standards. She is currently the Senior Independent Director for TP ICAP plc (previously Tullett Prebon) since September 2011 but is stepping down from the board of that company at their next annual general meeting. Since 1997 Ms. Knight has held several Non-Executive Directorships, including Brewin Dolphin plc from 2007 to 2017, where she was the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and also chaired the Dublin subsidiary, until December 2018 and was the Chairman of the UK Treasury sponsored body, the Office of Tax Simplification, until March 2019. She was the Chief Executive Officer of Energy UK from 2012 to 2014, and prior to that was the Chief Executive Officer of the British Bankers’ Association, from 2007 to 2012. Between 1997 and 2006 Ms. Knight was the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers. Ms. Knight started her career at Air Products and Chemicals where she worked for five years, primarily as a development engineer and project leader. In 1977 she set up Cook & Knight (Metallurgical Processors) and was Joint Managing Director until the company was sold in 1988. She became a member of Sheffield City Council in 1987 and was elected as the Member of Parliament for Erewash in the East Midlands in 1992. She was the Parliamentary Aid to the Minister for Industry in 1993, then to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1994, before becoming Economic Secretary to HM Treasury from 1995 to 1997. Ms. Knight has a BSc degree in Chemistry from Bristol University. Ms. Knight’s qualifications to serve on the Board include her substantial experience in international financial services, operations in regulated industries and service on international boards.

Ashish Masih
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Masih has served as a director and our President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2017. He had previously served as Executive Vice President and President of Midland Credit Management from November 2016 until June 2017, Executive Vice President, U.S. Debt Purchasing and Operations from February 2014 until November 2016 and Senior Vice President, Legal Collections Operations from 2010 until February 2014. Mr. Masih joined the Company in 2009, serving as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. From 2001 until joining the Company, Mr. Masih was employed at Capital One Financial Corporation where he held senior roles in the Collections & Recoveries functions in the credit card business and was also chief financial officer and head of analytics for a business unit of Capital One. Prior to joining Capital One, Mr. Masih was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company and a Manager at KPMG Consulting. Mr. Masih earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.

Laura Newman Olle
Director

Ms. Olle has served as a director since February 2014. Ms. Olle retired from Capital One Financial Corporation, a publicly traded bank holding company specializing in credit cards, home loans, auto loans, banking and savings products, in 2007, where she served as Chief Enterprise Risk Officer. She joined Capital One in 1999 as Senior Vice President of Information Technology Systems Development. Prior to Capital One, Ms. Olle served as Senior Vice President of Information Systems and Services at Freddie Mac. She has also previously held key information technology positions at the Marriott Corporation and worked as a management consultant at Arthur Young and Company. Ms. Olle serves as a board member of Morgan Stanley Private Bank (MSPBNA). Ms. Olle is a former Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Olle’s qualifications to serve on the Board include broad experience developing and overseeing enterprise risk management, interacting with regulatory authorities and information technology programs at complex financial institutions.

Francis E. Quinlan
Director

Brigadier General Francis E. Quinlan, United States Marine Corps (Ret.) has served as a director since September 2011. Mr. Quinlan has practiced law for over thirty years, most recently at Newmeyer & Dillion LLP since May 2011. Before entering the practice of law, he was an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As a Marine reserve officer, he performed active duty in command positions at the Squadron, Air Group, Air Wing, Marine Expeditionary Force levels of the United States Marine Corps, and in Joint Force billets with United States Transportation Command and US Central Command. He has served as a board director and chairman of the audit committee of Irvine Company LLC since September 2002, is a former member of the Board of Directors of the California State Compensation Insurance Fund and was the Fund’s founding audit committee chairman; was the chairman of the audit committees of Santa Fe Trust, Inc. and its sister company, Independent Trust Company of America, LLC and continues as a member of the board of the latter after merger. Prior to joining the Encore board he served on the audit committee of Convoke Systems, Inc., an entity that provides software services to the debt buying industry. He is Emeritus General Counsel and former audit committee chairman of the Marine Corps University Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees and recently joined the Board of Directors of the Marines’ Memorial Association, Inc. of San Francisco and serves on its audit committee. In addition, Mr. Quinlan is a member of the executive committee of the University of California, Irvine Cybersecurity Research and Policy Institute as well as that university’s Law School Board of Visitors. Mr. Quinlan holds a Master of Laws in Taxation, has represented major financial institutions in matters ranging from governance and compliance to cybersecurity and has conducted and directed complex financial, tax, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, internal fraud and national security investigations in his civilian and military careers. His additional qualifications to serve on the Board include financial forensic accounting training with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, completion of information operations, cybersecurity and inter-agency professional schools at the national level and corporate network security programs involving multi-national enterprises.

Norman R. Sorensen
Director

Mr. Sorensen has served as a director since December 2011. Mr. Sorensen is the former Chairman of the International Insurance Society. Previously, he was Chairman of the International Advisory Council of Principal Financial Group. He was Chairman of Principal International, serving from 2011 to 2012, and President and CEO of International Asset Management and Accumulation of the Principal Financial Group, serving from 2001 to 2011. He had served as Executive Vice President of both Principal Financial Group, Inc. and Principal Life Insurance Company since 2007, as well as held several other senior management positions since 1998. Mr. Sorensen served as a senior executive of American International Group, Inc. (insurance services) from 1989 to 1997. He is also a former Chairman of DE Master Blenders. Mr. Sorensen served on the board of Insperity, Inc., a public company, from March 2015 to May 2018. Mr. Sorensen also serves as Chairman of the Board of Codere S.A., a publicly-listed Spanish company. Mr. Sorensen’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his experience as an executive officer of an international financial services and asset management company, with responsibility over international operations and oversight over asset management and financial services functions and multiple divisional chief financial officers. He has also served as an executive officer of several publicly traded companies.

Richard J. Srednicki
Director

Mr. Srednicki has served as a director since February 2014. Mr. Srednicki retired from JPMorgan Chase & Co., a publicly traded multinational banking and financial services holding company, in 2007 following seven years as Chief Executive Officer of Chase Card Services and a member of the JPMorgan Chase Operating and Executive Committees. Prior to Chase Card Services, he was President of the Home Services Division at Sears Roebuck & Co., President of AT&T Universal Card Services, General Manager of Citibank Germany, General Manager of Citibank Card Services USA and a Senior Product Manager at Colgate Palmolive Company. He previously served as a board member of Alliance Bank of Arizona and the Affinion Group, Inc. Mr. Srednicki’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his substantial experience in the financial services industry with other highly regulated companies and service on other financial industry boards.

Richard P. Stovsky
Director

Mr. Stovsky has served as a director since August 2018. Mr. Stovsky retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in June 2018. Mr. Stovsky joined PwC in August 1983, and held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Vice Chairman. Mr. Stovsky serves on several non-profit organization Boards of Directors/Trustees including The Cleveland Orchestra, The 50 Club of Cleveland Executive Committee, The Cleveland Museum of Art Executive Committee, Bluecoats of Cuyahoga County Executive Committee and University School. Mr. Stovsky is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Stovsky’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his experience as a certified public accountant, and his substantial experience in providing tax and overall business advice in a variety of industries.

Committee Composition

Audit CommitteeAssists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by overseeing and reviewing financial statements, system of internal controls regarding finance and accounting, and auditing, accounting, and financial reporting process generally, including independent auditors and internal auditors. Nominating and
Corporate
Governance CommitteeAssists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by considering and recommending qualified candidates for election as directors, making recommendations to the Board regarding size and composition, and developing and recommending matters related to corporate governance.
Compensation
CommitteeEnsures compensation programs are competitive to attract and retain talented directors and executives, reward and encourage maximum corporate and individual performance, promote accountability, and assure that employee and director interests are aligned with interests of shareholders.
Risk CommitteeAssists Board in its oversight of the company’s risk governance structure, including the company’s risk management framework and the policies, procedures and practices utilized to manage risk.
Committee Charter PDF PDF PDF PDF
Ash Gupta    
Wendy Hannam    
Michael P. Monaco  
Laura Newman Olle    
Francis E. Quinlan    
Norman R. Sorensen    
Richard J. Srednicki    
Richard P. Stovsky    
  Chair
  Member

Committee Governance Documents

Standards of Business Conduct
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